A Rare Henry VIII Half-Sovereign
Henry VIII (1509-1547), Half-Sovereign, third coinage (1544-7), Southwark Mint, seated figure of King facing on throne, holding orb, sceptre omitted, rose at feet, beaded circle surrounding, initial mark S both sides, slipped trefoil stops, Roman H and N in legend both sides, S HENRICx8x DxGx AGL’ xFRANCI xZx HIBx REXx, surrounded by outer beaded circle, rev crown over quartered shield of arms supported by crowned lion to left, griffin to right, Gothic letter E below shield, ligatured HR on lis banner below, beaded circle surrounding, Roman M, H and N in legend, S IHSx AVTEx TRAnSIEx PER MEDIVx ILLORx IBAT, 5.85g (cf.Schneider 621; N.1828; S.2297).
Weakly struck in parts and fully round, small scratch to left of King, otherwise almost very fine and rare variety without the sceptre and Roman style lettering.
ex A H Baldwin, 1975. Thos. H Law Collection of English Gold Coins, Chicago ANA Auction, 13th August 2013, lot 20065.